Choosing Easy Setups

You can quickly set up your editing system to work with different video formats by choosing an Easy Setup. An Easy Setup contains a capture, sequence, and device control preset as well as external video and audio settings from the A/V Devices tab. Choosing an Easy Setup is faster than choosing each preset individually.

You choose Easy Setups from the Use pop-up menu in the Easy Setup dialog. The list of options in the Use pop-up menu can be long because of the large number of Easy Setups included with Final Cut Pro. You can reduce the number of Easy Setups displayed in this pop-up menu by using the Format and Rate pop-up menus.

Figure. Easy Setup dialog.

For example, if you are working with PAL DV video, you can choose DV/Panasonic DVCPRO from the Format pop-up menu and 25 fps from the Rate pop-up menu. The Easy Setups that appear in the Use pop-up menu are now limited to the ones that use DV and have a frame rate of 25 fps. You could also choose PAL from the Format pop-up menu to restrict the Easy Setups to all PAL-related formats.

To choose an Easy Setup based on format and frame rate
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup.

  2. From the Format pop-up menu, choose a format that matches the footage you want to work with. You can select one of the following:

    • A video standard, such as NTSC, PAL, or HD

    • A specific codec, such as DV, HDV, IMX, or XDCAM

  3. Click the Use pop-up menu to see all of the Easy Setups related to your choice in the Format pop-up menu.

    You can further refine the list by choosing a specific frame rate from the Rate pop-up menu.

  4. Choose the Easy Setup you want, then click Setup.

    The corresponding capture, sequence, and device control presets are loaded, as well as settings in the A/V Devices tab.

    Note: If your VTR is not currently connected, you may see a warning because Final Cut Pro does not detect the external video or audio device that the A/V device settings expect. If you see this warning, make sure your device is connected and turned on, then click Check Again. If you want to troubleshoot the connection to the device later, you can ignore the warning by clicking Continue.

For more information about Easy Setups, see Creating and Modifying Easy Setups.